As 2016 draws to a close, it's time to reflect on what really matters: friends, family, and dogs. And how better to celebrate another year of dogs tolerating us than by assessing Rover's annual report of dog name trends?
Whether you're a new furparent or a seasoned pet owner, take a look at the pet name patterns of 2016 and see if your dog's name shows up.
We name our dogs like we name our babies.
Since 95% of pet owners consider their furbabies to be a part of the family (according to online polls), it's no surprise that the most popular dog names tend to be "human names" — and 28% of all pup names are human. This year, Bella, Lucy, Daisy, Lola, and Luna topped the charts for female doggos, while Max, Charlie, Buddy, Cooper, and Jack reigned supreme for male pups.
This trend is reflective of a changing ethic amongst pet owners, according to Rover CEO Aaron Easterly. As he said in a statement released with this year's data:
Decades ago, dogs were simply our pets and the names we chose for them, like Spot or Rover, demonstrated that. As that relationship has evolved, pet owners have begun to think of themselves as pet parents, and dogs are part of their families. As the bond between people and their pets grows, we've seen a shift in how pets are named. The way we name them sheds light on that unique human-dog relationship and reflects our personalities, cultural trends and the things we're passionate about, from politics to celebrities.
We like our pups to be trendy.
We're inspired by politics — and HBICs.
2016 witnessed the first nomination of a female presidential candidate by a major political party... and a surge in pets named after powerful women. Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Coco Chanel climbed by 13%, while Eleanor Roosevelt rose by 42%.
We love our doggos almost as much as we love junk food.
Snacks foods continue to be a popular inspiration for dog names — and it seems as though we've finally sorted out our priorities because junk food names increased by 2% in 2016, while health food names declined by 17%.
Health food names, however, are going strong in some areas. According to the surveys, you're likely to find plenty of pups named Kale in Portland, Oregon and furbabies named Quinoa in Los Angeles.
We're over the "cutesy" trend.
2016 was a pretty damn serious year (RIP Prince, Harambe, democracy, etc.) so pet parents had no time for silly names like "Pookie" or "Snuggles." In fact, 'cutesy' names declined by 5% in 2016.